Gladstone's Milomilo Nanai tried hard.
Gladstone's Milomilo Nanai tried hard. Mike Richards GLA070718WBAL

Port City Power can match it with best

BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power Central Apartment Breakers can now match it with the best.

But it's just a matter of closing these games out and the Power's latest heartbreak was a 98-94 loss against third-ranked Ipswich Force.

The hosts surrendered a 48-43 lead early in the third quarter - after Milomilo Nanai and Tanaya Atkinson (35 points) combined - to eventually lose a winnable game.

Amanda Johnson was an irresistible force with a game-high 37 points while her Force team-mate Meg Essex landed 21 points at 88 per cent.

Amanda Frost again displayed her ability from beyond the three-point arc with 5-9 triples in her 28 points for Port City and Ashleigh Kelman-Poto (16 points, 12 rebounds) was also outstanding.

"This week we decided to go all out and unfortunately our calls weren't going our way we were hoping the referees would call it for both ways, but that's just the way it goes," Nanai said.

"We tried to keep it level-headed, but unfortunately we didn't come out with the win.

"We just have to play to the refs and we played against refs like that before."

Nanai said it's just about minimising the little errors that become big at critical moments that are costly.